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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
NASA Comes to Big Island to Practice Extraterrestrial Encounters
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 7056 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

NASA is conducting a nine-day field test starting Tuesday outside Hilo, Hawaii, to evaluate new exploration techniques....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Alaska Lawsuit Challenges ‘Illegal’ Emissions Standards for Coastal Ships
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 6577 Views :: National News, Ethics

Uncle Sam will start enforcing the emission control area on Aug. 1....
 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Report: Research Funding for Burns School of Medicine Uncertain
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 11304 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

The University of Hawaii continues to publish groundbreaking discoveries from their mesothelioma research efforts. But does the precarious state of our American research universities put mesothelioma research in jeopardy?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
VIDEO: US Chamber Launches New Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 5449 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and North Dakota Showcase Latest Battlegrounds for Free Enterprise ....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Medicaid Carries 'Highest Risk of Death'
By NCPA @ 1:56 PM :: 4589 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicaid creates subpar health outcomes and unnecessary cost overruns ....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pine: Reopening HMC West a Top Priority
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:18 PM :: 5920 Views :: Health Care

As City Councilwoman, I will continue my work with stakeholders to expedite the process to reopen the former HMC location because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Harmful U.N. Sea Treaty Stalls in Senate
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:54 PM :: 10993 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

LOST would expose the U.S. to international environmental lawsuits [6] that would harm its environmental, economic, and military interests—including suits based on alleged U.S. contributions to global climate change....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Big Island Part of National Test of Health Information Exchange
By News Release @ 12:35 PM :: 9396 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The Hawai'i Island Beacon Community (HIBC) has begun to expand the region's first health information exchange (HIE), following a successful pilot phase which began last December at North Hawai'i Community Hospital....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hoku Loses Control of Its Own Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:10 AM :: 7349 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Hoku is so broke it doesn’t have a website anymore. Their url expired July 12 and has not been renewed....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
VIDEO: Berg Grills Grabauskas
By Tom Berg @ 1:55 AM :: 7246 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Just released- mainstream media is afraid to cover this - they get their money from pro-rail sponsors . . . too damaging for TV stations to reveal . . . enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
City Announces Annual Bus Service Changes for School Year
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 6386 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

DTS does this every year when school begins. This year they hope you will think that they have 'restored' their recent rail-related bus service cuts. But you weren't fooled....

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted July 16, 2012
By Congress.org @ 6:20 PM :: 7545 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

·       Senate: Small Business Tax Cut – 

·       House: Veterans Licensing – 

·       House: ATM Fee Disclosure – 

·       House: Hydropower Generation –

·       House: Health Care

·       House: Mining Project Permitting

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Monday, July 16, 2012
July 15: Cost of Government Day
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 6:14 PM :: 6054 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Cost of Government Day Report calculates the number of days the average American must work to pay for the full costs of government spending and regulation at all levels of government....

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Monday, July 16, 2012
34 Senators Reject: LOST Will Not Be Ratified by Senate This Year
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 9886 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Strong opposition is rising in the U.S. Senate to the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) that would subjugate American sovereignty to the whims of an international tribunal....

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Obama Tells Entrepreneurs "You Didn't Build" Your Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:30 PM :: 5543 Views :: National News, Small Business

"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart." -- Barack Obama

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Mass Transit Subsidized More Heavily than Highways
By NCPA @ 3:19 PM :: 4438 Views :: National News, Ethics

This subsidy level for Highways is approximately 8 percent, which is far less than the level of government support that is received by mass transit systems nationwide....

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes Trials on Second Republic of Korea Destroyer
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 9031 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, World News, Family

The at-sea Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) took place at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the Hawaiian island of Kauai....

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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Lingle Responds to Criticism of Maui Judicial Conference
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:23 PM :: 10795 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lingle called on Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to back off on their criticism of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to hold its conference on the Island of Maui ....

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Sunday, July 15, 2012
American Caste: Family breakdown is limiting mobility and increasing inequality
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 4921 Views :: National News, Ethics

It started in the 1960s, when the nation began to sever the historical connection between marriage and childbearing....

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Sunday, July 15, 2012
State Office of Planning Requests LUC Hearing on Kihei Mega Mall Project
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 7629 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

"It's apparent that a number of the conditions the LUC imposed when approving the switch to urban are not being enforced, and never have been," Fontaine said after the meeting....

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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ceiling Circumvented With Special Funds
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 1:47 PM :: 5826 Views :: Energy, Environment

... special funds became rampant in the late 1980’s when the state saw a huge growth in the state general fund surplus ....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Kaiser Study: Hawaii Obamacare Exchange to Pay Insurers $973/month
By Andrew Walden @ 11:01 PM :: 9605 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This may explain why Hawaii’s insurers were so eager to grab seats on Abercrombie’s Hawaii Health Connector Board....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
New Website: The Real Hanabusa
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 8568 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

Meet The Real Hanabusa for yourself at TheRealHanabusa.com....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Same Day Registration Leads to 48,000 Fraudulent Voters, Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 7491 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In today’s Star-Advertiser readers discover the Editors toying with yet another shiny electoral object—same day voter registration....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy You Some
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 6094 Views :: Energy, Environment

The 2012-2013 application cycle may provide approximately $2.5 million in grants....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Creditors Demand $160M from Hoku Corporation
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 7767 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Act 221's final act ....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Women Chased from Atheist Confab by Sexual Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 PM :: 5855 Views :: National News, Ethics

“We are a small movement, so it might be very important for some men and women to find a partner who shares their beliefs,” said Maggie Ardiente, director of development for the American Humanist Association....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
90% of Faculty Sticks With HTA Charter School
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 6351 Views :: Energy, Environment

HTA, which serves students on all islands, is a model of “blended” instruction --face-to-face instruction within a centrally located Oahu Learning Center, combined with learning time spent individually or in small groups away from the center....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Berg: Restore Cancelled Bus Service
By Tom Berg @ 6:42 PM :: 7476 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Resolution 12-173 to request Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle reverse the course that cut but routes and refrain from further cuts being implemented....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Crippled Nation: Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs
By NCPA @ 4:45 PM :: 4095 Views :: National News, Ethics

...disability ranks will likely continue to swell: in just the last month, almost 275,000 people put in applications for disability benefits....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Environment: Rail is Dirtier than Cars
By NCPA @ 4:28 PM :: 11237 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
According to the Department of Energy, the average passenger car uses about 3,500 BTUs per passenger mile--rail transit in Pittsburgh uses more than 11,000 BTUs.
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Djou: "Rail is being transformed from a public works project into a private benefit club"
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:30 PM :: 8382 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The City hired PB Americas to plan this rail system. The City’s Transportation Director is a former senior executive at PB Americas and his wife is still an employee of PB Americas. The consulting engineering firm the City hired to monitor PB Americas, Infraconsult, was founded by former executives at PB Americas....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Informational briefing held for Proposed Biosafety Lab
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 6751 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

A proposed biosafety lab to be located in West Oʻahu will allow UH researchers to develop diagnostic tests and vaccines for infectious diseases.

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Vacation Rentals, Homeowners’ Associations Face Increased Disclosure Requirements, Penalties Under New Law
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 6690 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Legislature enacted HB 2078, which became law on July 10, 2012 as Act 326....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Hawaiian Telcom to Acquire Wavecom Solutions
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 4785 Views :: Energy

Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wavecom Solutions Corporation's competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) business....

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Obama's Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:04 PM :: 5113 Views :: National News, Ethics

The new policy guts the federal work requirements that were the foundation of the Clinton-era reform ....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Cyber-Crime Bills Signed into Law
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 8735 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The bills were the result of the cyber crime informational briefing co-chaired by Representatives Kym Pine and George Fontaine in July, 2011.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Rep Fontaine Thanks Gov Abercrombie for Signing “Move Over” Bill into Law
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 8484 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The new law comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of Honolulu police officers Eric Fontes, killed last September during a Farrington Highway traffic stop, and Garret Davis, killed this January while assisting a stalled motorist on the H-1....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Lingle Campaign Raises $1.1M in Two Months
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 5147 Views :: Energy, Environment

The campaign raised $1,134,588 between April 1 and June 30, 2012, bringing the total funds raised in this election to $4,252,839.37.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hawaii Restaurant Association Endorses Lingle
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 5383 Views :: Energy, Environment

"HRA members represent the small businesses our state depends on and I look forward to partnering with them to further strengthen Hawaii's economy."

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hawaii Dems and Mr Jones
By Michael Hansen @ 2:31 PM :: 10306 Views :: Democratic Party, Jones Act

“Dems and Mr. Jones, they got a thing going on. They both know it’s wrong. But it’s much too strong to let it cool down now.”

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
House Repeals Obamacare; What’s Next
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:23 PM :: 2236 Views

If Senators take a few simple actions, they can force a debate and recorded vote in the Senate this year....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
End the DoD's green energy fuelishness
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 2315 Views

There's a war underway over the future of biofuels for the U.S. military....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Which forms of energy get the biggest subsidies?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 PM :: 2491 Views

Advocates of wind energy are actively lobbying Congress for a multiyear extension of the 2.2 cent-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Obama Fails to See "Serious Impact" of Hugo Chavez
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:34 PM :: 4155 Views :: World News

President Obama has been stumbling on the economy, and this week he added more proof of his weakness on foreign policy....

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hawaii NRA Instructor Liability Bill Signed into Law
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 5041 Views :: Energy, Environment

The NRA is pleased to announce that Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed House Bill 679 into law on July 9....

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Poll: Lingle Takes Lead in Senate Race
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 6231 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lingle is ahead of Hirono by 5 percentage points...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Rep Pine Cheers Cyber Crime Bills Signed Into Law
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 6:26 PM :: 6124 Views :: Energy, Environment

...four 2012 Legislative session bills to curb Hawaii's growing cyber crime trend have become law....

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Hawaii, Exercise Your Right to Vote!
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 6225 Views :: Energy, Environment

Register to vote by Thursday July 12, 2012!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Abercrombie Vetoes 14 Bills
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 5891 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie signed 323 measures into law and vetoed 14. Six measures became law without the Governor’s signature....

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